The summit of success.Five associations that advanced American society.
Improving reading skills. Developing child care standards. Fighting crime. Clothing the homeless. "Carelifting" medical supplies. All are areas in which associations are making a significant impact.
Last year, the American Society of Association Executives The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is a non-profit professional organization for executive directors and executive vice presidents of professional societies both in the United States and abroad. singled out five association programs as outstanding examples of what associations are doing to help solve this country's most pressing social problems. The five associations behind these successful programs received the Summit Award, the highest level of recognition in ASAE's Associations Advance America Awards program.
Chosen from 504 entries, these association programs demonstrate what a powerful force in American society associations truly are. Meet the winners.
The American Apparel American Apparel, LLC is a clothing manufacturer and retailer based in an 800,000 square foot factory in downtown Los Angeles, California. The company is most well known for making basic cotton knitwear such as t-shirts and underwear, but in recent years the product line has Manufacturers Association, Arlington, Virginia, created the Apparel Foundation in 1988 to facilitate and increase the donation of surplus apparel to the needy and homeless in this country and to disaster victims around the world. To date, the foundation has donated more than $54 million worth of surplus apparel to more than 250 charitable organizations in this country and to 15 countries overseas.
The foundation was the only nonprofit, nonmedical, non-food-related organization to airlift supplies into Armenia after its disastrous earthquake. The foundation has since donated apparel to survivors of Hurricane Hugo Hurricane Hugo was a destructive Category 5 hurricane that struck Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, South Carolina and North Carolina in September of the 1989 Atlantic hurricane season, killing 82 people. It also left 56,000 homeless. , Hurricane Andrew This article is about the 1992 hurricane; there was also a Tropical Storm Andrew during the 1986 Atlantic hurricane season.
Hurricane Andrew is the second-most-destructive hurricane in U.S. history, and the last of three Category 5 hurricanes that made U.S. , and Hurricane Iniki Hurricane Iniki (pronounced [ɪniki]) (Hawaiian for strong and piercing wind) was the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. , and to Romanian orphans and Afghan refugees. The American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association (APHA) is Washington, D.C.-based professional organization for public health professionals in the United States. Founded in 1872 by Dr. Stephen Smith, APHA has more than 30,000 members worldwide. (APHA), Washington, D.C., collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics The American Academy of Pediatrics ("AAP") is an organization of pediatricians, physicians trained to deal with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. Its motto is: "Dedicated to the Health of All Children. , Elk Grove Village, Illinois Elk Grove Village is a municipality located in northeastern Illinois adjacent to O'Hare International Airport and the City of Chicago. Elk Grove Village encompasses 10.9 square miles in land area with 10.5 square miles located in Cook County and 0. , to develop the first-ever standards for out-of-home child care facilities.
Five years in the making, the standards took into account the input of more than 1,000 volunteer experts, who contributed their knowledge of children's health Children's Health Definition
Children's health encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of children from infancy through adolescence. and safety needs. Once the child care standards were developed, care givers, legislators, educators, health professionals, consumers, and health and regulatory agencies in five states and two cities reviewed them. The resulting 981 standards, 77 licensing and regulation recommendations, and 39 handy-reference appendices were developed for use by parents of children enrolled in child care, child care providers, health professionals, and accreditation and credentialing agencies. APHA has distributed the standards manual, entitled Caring for Our Children, to the child care director in each state and to child care advocates and public officials in the states.
Determined to assist children hampered by poor reading skills and little incentive to learn, the Houston Automobile Dealers Association (HADA), Sugar Land, Texas, sponsored a program to help young readers help themselves. "Earning by Learning," in its second year, provided a monetary reward for each book an "at-risk" student read.
The results of Earning by Learning were striking: In 1992, 1,179 children read 9,432 books and earned a total of $18,864. With $50,000 of its own and $100,000 in grants, HADA has since broadened the program to yearlong in 77 Houston schools with some 5,000 students. HADA has convinced car dealer groups in five Texas cities and 16 states and major U.S. cities to launch similar programs. Each year for the past six years, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Miami, Florida, has polled every police chief and sheriff in the United States (21,000 departments) to measure national issues and the success or failure of programs that have been used to fight crime. The questionnaire used by NACP NACP North American Carbon Program (US Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group)
NACP National AIDS Control Program
NACP National AIDS Coordination Programme (Zimbabwe) contains approximately 30 questions that deal with subjects such as the death penalty, firearms, staffing, pending laws before Congress, police ethics and training, and other national issues.
Based on the responses, NACP is able to advise the media, members of Congress, the White House, and law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). about important national issues for which police feel they need help.
The New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton, combined the efforts of 35 member hospitals to "carelift" 40 tons of donated medical supplies to Moscow hospitals in dire need. Since the carelift, NJHA's program has been the impetus for the American Hospital Association's "World Hospital Program," which involves hospitals and hospital associations nationwide.
"Operation Carelift" has spawned a new Section 50(c)(3) organization that solicits donations of supplies and money to sustain ongoing humanitarian relief efforts. NJHA's efforts also have prompted volunteer efforts in the former Soviet Union, where nonprofit organizations coordinated the arrival of "Operation Carelift" in Moscow, the distribution of donated supplies outside of the black market, and the delivery of supplies to hospitals.
Lorri Lee, ASAE's director of public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most , is accredited accredited
recognition by an appropriate authority that the performance of a particular institution has satisfied a prestated set of criteria.
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